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The 2008 Asian Championships, Singapore 6 September

The Draw for the 2008 Asian Champs

Posted by hanoiswans on September 1, 2008

The 2008 Asian Champs

Tonight, under the supervision of your local friendly CPA - and the eyes of ESPN’s cameras, the draw for the 2008 9th Annual Asian AFL Championships occurred.

In Group A:

  • Bali
  • China
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Jakarta

In Group B:

  • Hong Kong
  • UAE
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Lao

We have never played the UAE but we have played the reigning Asian Champs, Hong Kong, who were in fine form. As for Thailand and Lao, the Champs must be a warm up for the Indochine Cup which is scheduled to be played in Phnom Penh in November!

What do you think of the Draw? Good, bad or ugly? Post a comment.

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Fundraising Swans this weekend!

Posted by hanoiswans on August 22, 2008

The Vietnam Swans fundraisers
The Vietnam Swans fundraisers

This weekend, across the country, the Vietnam Swans will be out in force raising awareness about the Club and funds.

Tomorrow night in Hanoi, with a little help from our friends, Jim Beam and JASPAS, we will meet up at 5pm at JASPAS to watch the Brisbane Vs Carlton match. The Jim Beam Swanettes, together with a mega bottle of Jim, will also be in attendance. The fundraiser will help us get Mr Tung to join us in Singapore for the Champs.

The following day in Saigon, Sunday 24 August, the boys are off to Danny’s house for a barbie. Rather than raising funds, this event is more about getting different people involved in the Club.

But back to tomorrow, Michael Johnston and Michael Francis will be swimming in the Hoi An Triathlon to save children’s lives. They’re raising money for children’s swimming lessons because more children die in this country from drowning than road accidents.

The swimming lessons will be conducted through the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hanoi. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the Intrepid Foundation.

If you would like more information or would like to donate to the swimming lessons cause, please contact Michael Johnston at

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Sydney Swans donate 2 Sherrins

Posted by hanoiswans on August 9, 2008

Tony Morwood

Tony Morwood, the Sydney Swans’ General Manager for Melbourne and Canberra (who is wearing his Vietnam Swans hat in the side photo) has donated 2 Sherrin footies to the Vietnam Swans.

The 2 Sherrins, delivered in Saigon yesterday, are in absolutely mint condition. One will be shipped to Hanoi and the other will remain in Saigon. They will play a pivotal role in our assault on the Asian Champs.

Speaking of assaults and ships, there’s a strong rumour that the Vietnam Swans will play a team from HMAS ANZAC on Wednesday 27th August 2008. We are hoping to confirm details in the coming week.

Thank you very much again to the Sydney Swans for their continued support. 

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Prospectus - 2008 Asian Championships

Posted by hanoiswans on August 4, 2008

The Asian Champs

The Organising Committee for the 9th Annual Asian Championships, Singapore, 6 September 2008 has been released.

Key pieces of informations are:

  • 10 teams will compete (Laos replaces Japan this year)
  • the teams will be split into two groups of 5 - Groups A and B
  • Last year’s Grand Finalists, Hong Kong and Bali will be drawn in different groups
  • There will be a random draw for the other positions in each group
  • the 5 teams in each group will play each other once in a round robin format comprising 2 x 12 minute halves
  • Semi Finals - The top 2 teams in each group will compete in the semis. Top team in Group A plays the 2nd team in Group B. Top team Group B plays 2nd team Group A. 2 x 15 minute halves.
  • Grand Final - The winning teams from each semi final will play off in the Grand Final. 2 x 20 minute halves.

Please see the attached prospectus, the   for full details on the format and activities of this Aussie Rules Extravaganza.

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Swans Sausage Sizzle in Saigon

Posted by hanoiswans on August 3, 2008

The Swans turbo-charged barbie

As the Asian Champs draw nearer, the Vietnam Swans in Saigon have just announced details of our fund raising BBQ which will put cash in the coffers and sausages in the stomachs.

Danny Armstrong will host the event on Sunday 24 August 2008. Danny is an avid BBQ enthusiast and, in his spare time, has been building the mother of all turbo-charged barbies that should put more sizzle in our sausages than a rocket (”Hope you don’t mind, well done“, he cautiously asks us).

The Swans Pre Champs BBQ Fundraiser is offering you an “All you can eat” BBQ for just $10 (My goodness! Out they go at those prices). There will also be cheap beers, Jim Beams, soft drinks, white wine, a couple of raffles and swimming for the kids.

For full details, or your nearest Swannie.

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The 2008 Asian Championships logo

Posted by hanoiswans on August 1, 2008

The 2008 Asian Championships logo

Here’s the logo for the 2008 Asian Championships that will be held in Singapore on 6 September 2008.

Do you like it? Do you love it?

Do you want to tell someone who cares? Post a comment below.

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The Weekly Wrap

Posted by hanoiswans on August 1, 2008

The Vientiane Victory


Last weekend in Vientiane, the Vietnam Swans had their first ever victory on foreign soil. In the Vientiane Victory, the Swans piled on 80 points to the Lao Elephants 55pts. Sammy Grigg snagged 7 sausage rolls in a match winning performance. Big Drew claims he helped Sam with at least 9 of his 7 goals! (Unheard of!) Regardless of whether that’s true, posters of Sam are appearing alongside mirrors at many of the barber shops that grace Vietnam’s footpaths.


Match reports can be found below on this website and also at


The Asian Champs


One week out from the Beijing Olympics means we’re just 5 weeks out from the 9th Annual Asian Champs in Singapore on 6 September. Flights and accommodation are being booked and fundraisers are about to start. This week, the organizers of the Champs unveiled the official logo for the Champs (see above).


The Sydney Swans have offered us 2 Tommy Sherrin footies to help us with our assault. All we need to get our hands onto the footies is to find a carrier pigeon to bring them here from Melbourne. If you’re coming back from Melbourne, please contact us.


If you need to taste the footy on the park in Singapore, we’re not surprised. Contact us!! We are actively looking for more players and tourers. We need more!


A Tri Nations Tournament in November?


Following the success of last year’s Tri Nations Tournament in Hanoi between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, the Thailand Tigers have suggested we do it again in November. Venues being considered are Laos, Cambodia or Saigon. Details to be confirmed.


The Official Vietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Final Parties


Organisation for theVietnam Swans 2008 AFL Grand Finals Parties in both Hanoi and Saigon / HCMC / Ho Chi Minh on 27 September is well underway. We’re cranking up for a cupla crackers.


If the truth be known…


If you’re not honkin’ yer horn in this country, yer not lovin’ yer footy.

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